COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY LEGISLATIVE RESEARCH COMMISSION
GENERAL ASSEMBLY LOCAL MANDATE FISCAL IMPACT ESTIMATE
2000 REGULAR SESSION 1998-1999 INTERIM
2000 RS BR 2612 Amendment: Committee Floor
Bill #: SB 342 Amendment #
SUBJECT/TITLE Minimum Salary for Mayors of cities of the second through fifth class
SPONSOR Sen. Marshall Long
Unit of Government: X City; County; X Urban County Government
Office(s) Impacted: Mayor's Office
Requirement: X Mandatory Optional
Powers & Duties X Modifies Existing Adds New Eliminates Existing
SB 342 establishes a minimum salary level for mayors of the second through fifth class cities.
FISCAL EXPLANATION/BILL PROVISIONS ESTIMATED COST
The effect of SB 342 is indeterminable, but is expected to be moderate. The minimum salary
provisions of SB 342 are not mandated for all mayors, but only apply if the legislative body of the
city finds and declares that the office of mayor is a full-time executive and administrative office.
Thus, the salary provisions should not effect part-time mayors who do not have extensive duties, or
mayors in smaller cities. Where the legislative body of the city finds and declares the mayor a full-
time position, SB 342 establishes the minimum salary for mayors in cities of the second through
the fifth class as detailed in the following table.
Type of City Minimum Salary
Second Class $48,000
Third Class $36,000
Fourth Class $24,000
Fifth Class $12,000
Complete information on the current salaries of mayors across the Commonwealth is lacking. In
1999 the Kentucky League of Cities attempted a survey of salaries of locally elected officials, but
the response to the survey was not complete. The partial data League of Cities did receive
indicates a wide variety in the salary of mayors in cities across the state. For example, in second
class cities, the salary for full-time mayors ranges from a high of $73,995 in Lexington to a low of
$14,392 reported as the salary for the mayor of Henderson. A similar range can be seen in cities of
the third class, where the high salary reported was $48,726 for the mayor of Georgetown, and the
low was $4,200 for the mayor of Shively.
The nature of the mayor's role is very important. In cities of the fourth class, salaries for full-time
mayors were much greater than part-time mayors. Among those cities responding to the League of
Cities survey, cities of the fourth class with a full-time mayor, paid an average of $26,933 for the
mayor's salary. Cities of the fourth class with a part-time mayor paid an average of $6,238 for the
mayor's salary. Should the minimum salaries be applied only to full time mayors, it appears the
impact would be moderate for most cities.
DATA SOURCE(S) Gene Stinchcomb, KY League of Cities; Donna Weaver, LRC
PREPARER Tom Hewlett REVIEW DATE